Join Bonnie Biafore for an in-depth discussion in this video Having discussions with others, part of Learning Basecamp 2.
Projects usually include lots of interaction between team members. So, it's no surprise that there's a lot to talk about while a project is underway. In Basecamp you can start discussions about any aspect of a project. To get started open the project that you want to work on. In this case the project doesn't have any discussion so, you click the Discussion link to the right of the Add the first label. When you see the form you're ready to type the subject for the discussion.
(SOUND). After you type the subject click in the box where it says Type your message here. (SOUND) And then type your message. You can format the contents of your discussion. Select the text, you can Bold it, you can apply Italic, you can create Bullet lists or Numbered lists. You can even add Hyperlinks. It's also really easy to add files to a discussion. You can Drag and Drop them into this box here, or you can click the select files from your computer link. Then select the file that you want to add, an click Open. An now the file is attached to this discussion. Basecamp automatically selects the option to email a notification to everybody on the project.
If you want to choose who gets an email, select the option for Let me choose and then turn on the checkboxes for the people you want to email. On the other hand, if you don’t want to send out email notifications, choose the last option, Don’t email anyone. And then click Post this message. Now I want to go back to the summary page, you can see that there's a Discussion section, and the discussion is there. To add another discussion, click the Post a new message button. Once again, you type the subject for the discussion. And then type the body of the message.
(SOUND) I'm not going to email anybody so I select the option for that and then click post this message. Now, the Discussion section has both of these topics. Well once a discussion is in place it's not much of a discussion unless other people comment on it. So you can add comments any time you want. Click the link on the Summary page and then, in the Add a comment box, type your comment. Just as you did before, you can attach files to the comment if you want.
You can select the people to notify with email. And when you're done with that click Add this comment. Now you have the Discussion as well as a Comment. You can also start talking about other aspects of the project. So for example you can add a discussion on a To-do. On the Summary page click the task that you want to discuss. On the page that opens there's an Add a comment box. So, click it and type your message. (SOUND) Below the box it shows who the comments going to be emailed to. If you want to change that click the Change link. Turn checkboxes off to take people off of the email notification. Or if you do want to send emails, turn the checkboxes back on. You can also click Select all, or Select none. And then click Add this comment.
You can also discuss files that are attached to a project. The easiest way to get to a file is to click the File link at the top of the project summary page. Then when you see the list of files, to discuss a particular file, click its Go to file and discussion link. As you did before, type your comment in the Add a comment box. And click Add this comment. You can also comment on events on a Calender. Go to a Calender, click the Calender link at the top of the page. Then click the event that you want to comment on. And in the popup form that appears, click the Discuss this event link. Then the Add a comment box.
Just type your comment. Attach any files that you want select the people you want to notify and then click Add this comment. Discussing a project or items within it is really easy within Basecamp. Just type your comment and post it.
- What is Basecamp?
- Creating projects
- Archiving, exporting, or deleting a project
- Adding users to your Basecamp account
- Updating personal information and settings
- Creating to-dos for project tasks
- Working with discussions and comments
- Using Basecamp on your mobile device
- Uploading and downloading files
- Working with calendars
- Creating a template for future projects